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Bachelor of Science in Psychology - 780AA

Course Code: 780AA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Psychology
UAC Code: 365123
CRICOS Code: 054172M
Selection Rank: 58.7
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Understand the ‘why’ at a whole new level

Discover the science behind how and why people think, feel, and behave the way they do with the UC Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In this course, you will learn how to use science and evidence-based practice to influence human behaviour in a wide range of settings. In only three years, you will learn the foundations of psychology and gain the knowledge, understanding and the contacts to go on to explore a range of career and study opportunities once you graduate.

This course is especially advantageous to those studying double-degrees in law, business, and sport & exercise science – alternatively you can choose to do a secondary major in many areas, including counselling, health science, and sports.

UC also offers extensive Work Integrated Learning opportunities including placements in local, national and international organisations - if available.

This is a fully accredited course by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council opens opportunities for further study in psychology at honours and masters levels.

Study a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at UC and you will:

  • be introduced to the latest theory, practice, and research in a diverse range of areas of psychology including developmental, physiological, social, and cognitive
  • focus on applied psychology and research
  • be able to choose elective units in exercise psychology, health psychology, and forensic psychology
  • gain transferable skills that are highly sought after by a diverse range of employers including critical analysis, communication, problem solving, teamwork, and research
  • graduate from a fully accredited course and be eligible for entry into professional postgraduate training courses in clinical and other areas of psychology

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL is an integral component of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology journey as it gives students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience and build professional relationships through real work, or work-like placements.

This, in turn, enhances each student’s confidence, employability and reinforces our commitment to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills, knowledge, and experience.

In this course, you will undertake a minimum of 120 hours of practical education where you will work with, and alongside experienced and skilled industry mentors within a local, national or international working environment.

Career opportunities

A UC Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree opens many doors and can lead to a diverse range of study and career options in any of the following areas:

  • Psychologist (subject to further studies)
  • Human resources
  • Policy and research
  • Health and welfare
  • Public Relations
  • Media
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Disability support
  • Community health
  • Counselling

Course-specific information

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council fully accredits the Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Registration as a psychologist requires further study beyond the bachelor’s degree. There are currently three pathways to registration following completion of the bachelor’s degree:

  • complete an accredited honours degree (or equivalent) followed by two-year’s supervised clinical experience
  • complete an accredited honours degree (or equivalent) followed by an accredited one-year professional postgraduate diploma, followed by one-year’s supervised clinical experience
  • complete an accredited honours degree (or equivalent) followed by a two-year’s Master of Clinical Psychology course. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page:

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Science in Psychology BSc Psych

Alternate Exit Awards

Diploma of Health Studies Associate Degree of Health Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Professional Accreditation

Accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Knowledge and understanding of the core topics in the discipline of Psychology, as required by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Analysis and Enquiry
Knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of the discipline of Psychology. Knowledge of the research methods used by psychologists and ability to apply these methods to design and conduct studies, analyse and interpret results and write research reports. Analysis and Enquiry
Problem solving
Ability to apply knowledge of the scientific method in a critical way to problems related to behaviour and mental processes, and the ability to distinguish scientific from other forms of evidence. Analysis and Enquiry
Problem solving
Understanding and application of values, research and professional ethics in psychological research and other professional contexts. Professionalism and social responsibility
Working independently and with others
Ability to write a research report using APA conventions. Ability to effectively communicate orally in a variety of formats. Communication
Working independently and with others
Ability to apply knowledge of psychology to a wide variety of areas. Capacity for ongoing independent learning, to sustain personal and professional development. Professionalism and social responsibility
Working independently and with others

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.


High performing students may be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) course.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Bachelor of Laws


Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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